Can you hear that noise? It’s the noise of live lacrosse being played this weekend! The Boise State Broncos will come to town to take on BYU and Utah on Friday and Sunday respectively.
BYU will host the Broncos on Friday, February 8. The Cougars have faced the Broncos in 2011, winning 17-3 and last year, playing on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium, winning 15-3. The game will start at 7pm. Read about the game last year and view the picture gallery here. You can also watch the 2011 highlights here.
When asked what BYU does well, Boise State Head Coach Paul Rocchio said, “Everything!! This is a top 5 team year in and year out for a reason, starting with coaching. If I had to narrow it down I would say their constant movement offensively, their ability to finish, and the way they can pressure the ball all over the field.”
On Sunday, Boise will head to Salt Lake City to play the Utes at Judge Memorial at 2pm. The Utes and Broncos have faced off four times with Utah winning all four. The closest game was last season when Boise made a late run to bring the game within one. Utah held on for the 12-8 victory. Read the recap here and see the video highlights here.
The Boise State squad boasts two Utah natives, Junior Attackmen Karson Fullmer and Sophomore Defensemen Tannen Campbell who both played at Sky View High School in Smithfield. Also, former Juan Diego player Josh Rude is an assistant coach for the Broncos.
When asked if Rude knew any players on either team he said, “Most of the players that I know are those who I played high school ball with and against, and their have been a lot on both teams throughout the years. The most obvious would be Tyler Kunz, atttackman for Utah, who played at Juan Diego just one year behind me. Braeden Daly, my cousin and current defender at Westminster, and Kunz, were two of the guys who really pushed me on the field in high school ( I didn’t start playing until my sophomore year). The first year standing next to Kunz, him in a Utah jersey and me in a Boise State jersey was a little weird, we probably did more talking that game that playing. He is fun to play against, sneaky with the ball, and man is he fast.”
Fullmer almost picked BYU after attending a camp on summer.
“When I was younger I actually attended a BYU camp and thought that’s where I would end up after high school but plans change,” said Fullmer. “I’m just excited to be back in my home state playing in front of my friends and family. It’s going to be a fun/competitive weekend.”
Rude still has a bad taste in his mouth after the close game played at Judge against Utah last season.
“I am most excited to show the state of Utah that we can play some pretty good lacrosse up in Boise,” said Rude. “Our team has been working really hard on and off the field to earn the respect of our University and from the programs around us. Now is our chance. People in Utah overlook the level of Lacrosse that comes from Idaho and the only way of changing that is to beat one of these teams at home. I’m not gonna lie, I am also a little excited to play Utah on their home field again this year. Last years loss 12-8 left a sour taste in my mouth, especially when I had an injury late in the third and couldn’t return to the game. Our defense is ready to step up to the challenge and see what their offense is made of. Senior Defenseman Blaine Ottinger and Leland McClusky will lead the defense and hopefully bring some revenge for me on Utah’s starting three.”
Campbell said, “I am really excited to come back to Utah for a few games knock some guys around and show people why I choose to be on this team.”
Also making the news is a story about the Boise State team make a young boy and his dying dads bucket list wish come true. This is perhaps one of the greatest stories to come from the lacrosse world in a long time. It’s a must read.
We also caught up with Utah Head Coach Rick Kladis as well as seniors Mack Schwoebel and Harrison Hawkes and talked to them about Boise State.
Picture courtesy of Victoria Harris